Report – Special correspondent in Jayapura
Nurses working at the Dok II General Hospital in the West Papuan capital of Jayapura have taken part in a demonstration at the governor’s office, complaining that their rights have been ignored.
“We are working to the utmost and often doing things that doctors should be doing in addition to our own duties. In addition to applying catheters and giving infusions, we do laboratory work and look after and wash the patients, as well as handling things that doctors should be doing,” says nurse Leni Ebe.
She is one of more than 100 nurses working at Dok II who are critical of the management of the hospital which they describe as being appalling.
After having made complaints to the director of the hospital (to no avail), they took their complaints to the governor of the province.
She spoke in particular about the incentive fee that had been promised by the Indonesian government but had not yet been paid.
Nurses in all the hospitals in Abepura as well as elsewhere in Papua are doing their utmost, she said. ‘We were promised the incentive fee in 2009 and were eventually paid Rp 30,000 [around £2.00], which we got only after pressing very hard for it.’
Since the enactment of the Special Autonomy law (in 2001), Papua has been allocated substantial sums of money yet internal management problems have led to a failure to solve problems in the hospitals, including the failure to pay the incentive fee, which is being paid to administrative staff. This led to the hospital personnel deciding to take their problem to the governor.
‘Far too little’
Leni Ebe said that it had been agreed that specialist doctors and dentists would get Rp 10 million (a month), phamacists would get Rp5 million and other medical personnel would get Rp 3m, while other staff including nurses would get only Rp1m.
“We have to handle so much of the work, including that usually done by doctors. Is this is all we are worth? It is far too little, especially for those of us who have families to feed,” she said.
A decision by the governor allocating the money for the whole of 2010 had not been followed through, as a result of which the nurses decided to take their problem to the ALDP this week. Anum Siregar, director of the ALDP, said that the failure to implement the decision was a clear indication of the lack of any seriousness on the part of the government to solve the problem and could lead to similar cases occurring elsewhere.
Source: Bintang Papua, 19 February 2011
Abridged in translation by TAPOL – Pacific Media Centre